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Residence Redux: Laying the groundwork

Laverty residence

In order to match the existing boulders of the seawall, landscape architect Greg Bilowz instructed the landscape construction crew to pull boulders out of the revetment to create the massive stairway that now provides access to the beach. Eighty tons of Chinese granite were sourced to create a maze of terraces and walkways throughout the backyard. Photo by Dan Cutrona

Ralph Cataldo, principal of Cataldo Custom Builders, says, “Everyone involved was a critical part of the overall team; none of this could have happened if everyone hadn’t brought their ‘A’ game.” That certainly is the case when it comes to executing the plan Bilowz had envisioned, and Gary Tavares and his team from Francisco Tavares in Falmouth were up to the task. Jonathan Searles served as Tavares’ project manager on this particular job, while Martin Botello, also from Tavares, supervised the artistic installation of over 80 tons of the pink-hued granite that was imported directly from China. The stone, which took 16 weeks to arrive, was sourced in two distinct but complementing colors, just a shade apart. The lighter shade was used for the perimeter borders of the spaces and the darker shade was used as the in-fill material throughout.

Tavares’ team was also responsible for the fieldstone walls throughout the property and the masonry work on the fieldstone chimneys. Details of authenticity are often subconsciously processed, so the use of locally sourced fieldstone from Westport, Massachusetts seems appropriate, as it blends into the environment. Similarly, the reclaimed cobblestones Tavares’ team set in the driveway lend an air of having earned their place in such a landscape. A path through the seawall that leads to the private beach was created with the help of Martin Botello, who tirelessly was on-site overseeing the many crew members. Bilowz says that he instructed Botello to pull the revetment apart and find any boulders with a flat face to use as the steps. The crowning touch came in the form of a curved bronze railing that was drilled into the boulders.

Perhaps it was with family in mind that Charlie Laverty decided to enlist the services of Kerry McNamara to build a putting green on the property. McNamara, owner of Putting Greens of Cape Cod in Marstons Mills, also installed a Bocce court. Laverty’s granddaughter originally asked her grandfather where he was going to put the pool. Laverty looked at her and said, “Meg, we have the biggest pool in Nye’s Neck—it’s right in front of you, the ocean.” However, a pickle ball court is getting a lot of discussion recently.

The Laverty’s have created an exquisite property with the help of a talented team of professionals, but more importantly, they have created a home. And while it is a home of unique distinction, the halcyon opportunity of enjoying it is not lost on them. Bilowz cites Charlie’s ability to appreciate his surroundings, saying, “He’s into it, he really is. That’s why you have a property like this, so you can share all of this with family and friends… it’s such a lovely property. It’s great to see someone who says, ‘You know, I feel very fortunate, and I realize that every day.’”

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